Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Comment Property Rights (Score 1) 503

I can't really ever see myself buying e-books because I would not own the property rights to them, i.e. I could not give or sell them after reading them, as I do with paper books. As a classical liberal, I hold property rights among the most important rights that I possess as a human, and not being able to do what I wish with something that I have paid money for and ostensibly "own" doesn't jive with me. The day that I can sell or give an e-book to someone else (without having to ask for permission mind you) I may reconsider, but for now I am perfectly happy with dead tree books. They are real property.

Comment Opera *can* block ads, no plugin necessary. (Score 2, Informative) 325

Opera has had the ability to block ads and other content for as long as I can remember, long before Firefox itself even existed. All that is required is for one to install a simple .ini file into Opera's user profile directory. The file must be updated manually, but it is simple enough to write a script to automatically download the new file every so often. It may not be as powerful or user-friendly as AdBlock Plus, but it works, and works well.

Comment Re:Zune is much better than iPod (Score 3, Informative) 361

Agreed. People who badmouth the Zune have either never owned one (the "lol zune sux!" crowd), or have only used the original 30 GB model (aka Toshiba Gigabeat) with 1.x firmware. The second gen Zunes are fantastic and I have never regretted buying one (80 GB model) after owning several generations of iPods.

I love the FM radio as I listen to NPR at work. I love the wireless sync and marketplace, which EVERY Zune model can use, but only the iPod Touch and iPhone are able to do. I love the big, vertically-oriented screen. I love the clean navigation menus on the device. I love the ZunePad, which is quicker and way more intuitive to use than the gimmicky Click Wheel.

I also really love the Zune software. It made me appreciate just how bad iTunes really is, which most seem to be in denial about, but ignorance is bliss as they say. I have every intention of buying another Zune when this one no longer serves my purposes.

If people would get over their prejudices about Microsoft and actually try the Zune, I'm sure they would be impressed by it. MS even deleted their own name from the product (it appears only at the bottom of the "About" screen) because of the popular belief that MS can't put out a "cool" product.

tl;dr: zune > ipod

Slashdot Top Deals

An algorithm must be seen to be believed. -- D.E. Knuth